The Irish National Opera will release its first official recordings, thanks to a new partnership with Signum Records. The opera company's debut release will be the world premiere recording of Gerald Barry's Alice's Adventures Underground in November, followed by Puccini's La bohème in March next year.


The Irish National Opera staged the world premiere of Barry's Alice's Adventures Underground at the Royal Opera House last year to great acclaim. A film of the production will be released along with the recording, with a cast including Claudia Boyle, Clare Presland, Gavan Ring and Alan Ewing.

The production of La bohème will feature Celine Byrne in her operatic debut singing the role of Mimì.


We recently named La bohème as one of Puccini's greatest operas.


Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.